How To Play Table Skittles

Table skittles is a game enjoyed by adults as well as children, since table skittles is easy and fun to play. Table skittles requires a few instructions, a basic understanding of how to score, and some wrist and hand dexterity. The more you play, the better you get.

The table skittles box is an open rectangle so observers can watch the game. The table skittles box can be placed on any sturdy table.  (A dining table that seats six is ideal.) The pins used in table skittles are miniature versions of bowling pins, the size a doll might use, and very lightweight. The skittles spinning top looks like a sucker stick with a round flat piece attached at the end of the stick. The last game piece is a string long enough to be wound around the stick of the spinning top, over and over, until only a few inches at the end of the string can be grasped in the fingers.

The width of the rectangular skittles box is approximately 1/3 its length. The long side is divided into four compartments. The first compartment has an opening in the front. Compartments two and three are larger than the first and fourth.  Compartment four is divided into three equally sized smaller "rooms."   Each compartment and room has a connecting doorway.

The placement of each table skittles pin is marked, and points are assigned to each pin.  There are no skittles pins in the first compartment. The second compartment has one pin each left and right of the doorway that goes into compartment three.  Eight of the remaining pins can be found in their assigned places in compartment three.  Compartment four has one pin in each of the small rooms. With that, the stage is set for table skittles game play.

The string is wound around the table skittles top, leaving enough string to be held in the player's hand. The top is set at the opening in the first compartment.  When the player is ready, he or she pulls the string of the top hard enough that the top twirls through the rooms and takes down as many pins as possible.  Everyone enjoys watching the top spin. There is skill learning how to release the string but the travel of the twirling top after release cannot be controlled. Any number of players can take a turn at table skittles.  One person records the scores.


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